Hiking Schedule

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Thank you to those that volunteered to start hikes in past seasons! Our club is very lucky to have energetic community minded members, and we would like to expand our Winter Season offerings.  Do you have a favorite 2-3 hr winter activity or hike to share for the 2018-19 season, beginning October 1, 2018?
To start a hike or other activity for any Sat. or holiday, call or email                          Duncan Bailey,  860-334-7503,  brtibailey@gmail.com     

 Information needed:

  • Hike Name – usually location or park name, Date, Time – stick with 10:00 AM
  • Exact physical location of meeting location
  • Short Hike Description, might include trail name, points of interest, hazards
  • requiring care and/or special gear
  • Approximate mileage and completion time
  • Cancellation parameters, usually weather-related
  • Post event gathering ideas, if any

OTHER WINTER EVENTS THAT MAY BE PLANNED.

1. Snowshoeing
2.  Cross Country Skiing
3.  Mountain Bikes Rides
4. Ice Skating
5. Sledding

HIKER’s TIPS

  • All participants should carry personal ID and insurance information.
  • Hikers are encouraged to partner up if unsure of capabilities.hiking trail sign
  • Hikes/ Winter Events are on Saturday or Holidays Starting Hiking 10 AM unless posted otherwise.
  • Please arrive 15 min. early to sign in and gear up.
  • Rain Cancels hikes.
  • Wear Bright Colors/Blaze Orange Recommended and REQUIRED in R. I. Sept-May 31.
  • Hikers should carry their own water bottle and snack.
  • Pack-sized first aid kits are recommended for all outdoor activities.
  • Inclusion of hiking dogs is at the discretion of that hike’s starter. Thank you for keeping Hiking dogs leashed at all times.
  • Car Pool whenever possible.
  • CPL= Commuter Parking Lot
  • TBD= To be decided.

For any unanswered questions, please contact the Starter listed at the end of that hike description.

Hiking Links: Connecticut Explorer’s Guide, free online maps and guides.
Ten Essentials For A Safe Hike www.ctwoodlands.org

2018 – 2019 FALL, WINTER + SPRING Season Oct 2018 – April 2019

CURRENT HIKE SCHEDULE

Saturday,  Oct. 20, 2018, 10 AM, – Deb Kalwara Memorial Hike at WolfDen, Mashamoquet Park, Pomfret,Ct.  Moderate with some hills, 5 miles.

Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10 am hike start. Thank You!

Directions: Take I- 395 north to Exit 93, turn left onto Rte. 101 West. From CT 101, go left onto Wolf Den Rd. in Pomfret,( turn is just east of the junction with Rte. 44). Turn left again into the access rd. to parking lot near the ranger station.
Lunch to follow at the Vanilla Bean. Starters-Maureen & Jim 860.303.3727

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Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 – 10:00AM  Bluff Point State Park, Groton, CT  interior and coastal trail hike.
Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt hike start at 10. Thank You!

Moderate 2 + hr/approx 6+ mi. hike on somewhat variable terrain, circumnavigating the wooded interior of the park, but also allowing for good views of Fisher’s Island Sound. Wear hiking shoes with good traction for negotiating leaf fall.

Directions from I-95 North or South in Groton, take  Exit 88.  If coming from the South turn right onto SR 117 South, and if from the North, turn left onto SR 117.  Turn right at the end onto  Rt. 1 South.  Take a left at the first light onto Depot Road and continue under railroad bridge to the end of the road and the main parking area.                  Starter: Jennifer Scott  860-460-6906

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Saturday, Nov 10, 2018   Lyme Corner Trails (Hartman Park, Walbridge Woodlands, and Young Preserve)

Meet at 9:45 AM for a 10:00 AM start. for approx. 4 hour hike exploring Lyme Corner trails. Rain cancels
Directions:  Meet at Hartman Park parking lot on Gungy Rd in Lyme.
From Route 1 in Old Lyme, go north on Grassy Hill Rd-this becomes Gungy Rd north of Beaver Brook Rd.
Hartman Park parking lot is on the right.
Trail map is available at:
http://www.lymelandtrust.org/trail-maps/Lyme Corner Trails (Hartman Park, Walbridge Woodlands, and Young Preserve).
Leaders:
Debbie Tedford  datedfordct@gmail.com (860-373-8596)
Barry Gorfain barrygorfain@gmail.com  (860-705-3828)
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Saturday,  Nov. 17, 2018 – 10:00AM
Hike the Selden Creek / Brockway – Hawthorne Preserves, Lyme, Ct.

Route of choice includes very scenic overlooks out to Selden Island and Whalebone Creek Ravine, along with some steep hill hiking over unique terrain for 5 ½ – 6 miles, at 2 – 2 ½ mi/hr pace.

Prepare for wet-to-frozen hiking conditions, to include hiking poles, and boot traction as terrain is hilly with wet areas to negotiate.  Leashed, good-natured dogs welcome.

Meet by 9:45 AM at the Selden Creek Preserve-Ravine Trail parking pull-off on the West side of Joshuatown Rd. Lyme, Ct for a 10:00 AM start.

Directions:  From Old Lyme, take Rt. 156 North through Hamburg Cove, then continue for about ½ mile, turn left onto Joshuatown Rd,  travel for 3 ½ -4 miles. Parking area is on the left, opposite preserve sign on right.  From Rt. 82-Rt. 148 at Hadlyme Gen. Store, take Rt. 148 / Ferry Rd. West, following signs for Ct. River Hadlyme Ferry, turn left onto Joshuatown Rd.  Drive about 1 ½  miles to parking lot on right.

Please refer to this website page for all updates concerning this event.

Trail Map   http://www.lymelandtrust.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/SeldenRavineB-HpreserveDraft2017.pdf

Leaders: Mary Jo and Duncan Bailey.  Email:    brtibailey@gmail.com   860 334 7503

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Saturday,  Nov. 24, 2018 – 10:00AM – Hike Rocky Neck Niantic, CT
Easy Thanksgiving weekend hike. Meet at dirt parking area across from Divine Wine Emporium on Rte 156, Niantic. west of Rocky Neck Connector.GPS: 275 W Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357 Starters:Gretchen and John-860-739-8575

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Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 10 AM – Mystic, CT 

‘The Mystic Tri’     Explore BeeBe Pond Preserve→MooreWoodlands→Pequot Woods via 5 mile loop hike. Variation of easy/ moderate terrain .
Meet: trail head located across from 220 Judson Ave, Mystic, CT 06355. Plenty of on-street parking.
Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt start at 10:00 a.m.
Note*** some areas of the trail can be wet and boggy- wear appropriate footwear.
Leader: Cathryn Dolan 860-514-5847
Heavy rain or hazardous driving conditions cancel.

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Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, 10 AM – Groton, CT
Haley Farm→Merritt Family Farm ( a GOSA property) via 5.2 mile loop hike. Easy to slightly moderate terrain
Meet no later than 9:45 AM at the Haley Farm State Park car park, Haley Farm Lane, Groton, CT for a 10:00 AM start. Directions can be obtained at the Groton Open Space Association (GOSA) website, under the Haley Farm State Park heading.

Leader: Cathryn Dolan at 860 514 5947
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Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018,  10 AM – Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve  Niantic, CT  
Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve
10 Memorial Park Drive, Niantic, CT 06357
Meet at 9:45 for a 10AM start.
A moderate paced outer loop hike using the red and blue trails with a snack break at the Quarry.
Approximately 3.5 to 4 miles, 2.5 to 3 hours.
Rain or bad driving cancels.
Optional lunch downtown after.

Leaders:  Gary and Jo-Ann Carlson 860 691 0657

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Tuesday, Jan.1, 2019 10 am NEW YEARS DAY at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot to Hike Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Exeter, R.I
2 hour loop. Hike in any weather. A “Hot chocolate stop” after apprx. 1hr. Bring yak traks, micro spikes, and/ or snow shoes if the weather and conditions warrant. Leader will provide a stove for heating. Bring your water, and favorite beverage, and cup.** R.I. enforces hikers to wear  200 square in. of Regulation Orange while on the trails.

Directions -Meet at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot at junction of Rte 165 and Frosty Hollow Rd,  West Exeter, Rhode Island. Hazardous driving conditions Cancel. Leaders: Duncan and Mary Jo 860 334 7503 c. -860-514-5869 c.

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*** NOTE Correction  Sunday Jan 6, 2019 Hike Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, CT
Sunday, January 6, 10 am   Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford

Address:  275 Great Neck Road, Waterford
Come and hike a gentle 4 miles in one of Connecticut’s most beautiful state parks featuring a wildlife marsh preserve, shoreline beach, stunning views of Long Island sound, historic gardens and architecture from a bygone era.  Binoculars may be fun.  We will walk on grass and park roads

Learn more at www.harkness.org  (Binoculars may be fun).We will walk on grass and park roads.  Bad weather cancels.

Meet at the main state park parking area at 9:45 am for 10 am start.  Ample Parking.

Directions:

From I-95 South: Go to exit 81. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto access road and
proceed to stop light. At light, turn left onto Cross Road and continue to intersection with Boston Post Road,Route 1. Turn left and continue to light at Avery Lane; turn right. Avery will become Great Neck Road, route 213.
The park will be two miles ahead on the right.

From I-95 North: Go to exit 75, bear right at end of exit ramp and proceed onto Boston Post Road, Route 1. Go 3 miles to Avery Lane and proceed as described above.
Questions? – Laurette at 860-614-4021 or laurettesaller@gmail.com

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Saturday, Jan 12, 2019, 10 AM- East Lyme, CT 
Robert H. Goodwin Preserve, for a 6 mile hike/snowshoe. Easy/moderate terrain.
Meet:East Lyme High School, 30 Chesterfield Road, East Lyme, CT.
Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt departure at 10:00 a.m. to Trailhead (TH) ~1.2 miles away.

Due to the small size of the parking area at (TH), we may need to carpool depending on size of our group.
Note*** ice stabilizers may be needed as some trail surface can be ice covered. Leader:Cathryn Dolan 860-514-5847
Heavy rain or hazardous driving conditions cancel.
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*Due to snow/icy trail conditions, it is advised that hikers bring traction devices and hiking poles for this hike.

Saturday, Feb 23, 2019, 10:00 AM.  Hike the Falls River area of Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Escoheag Hill Road,  W. Exeter, R.I.

Hike will take in the new Pavilion Camp area, Stepstone Falls and Falls River in a 2 + hour loop. Terrain varies in pitch and trail quality, so traction devices and hiking poles are recommended.

** R.I. enforces the wearing of at least  200 square in. of Regulation Orange while hiking trails during hunting season.

Hike includes a  “Hot Chocolate Stop,” so bring beverage water, a favorite hot beverage concentrate and cup. Leaders will provide stove.

Directions:  Meet at the Red CCC Camp Building Parking Lot, 9/10 miles on right up Ecsoheag Hill Road from junction with Rt. 165,  West Exeter, RI,. no later than 9:45:AM.  Site is just before Old Voluntown Road intersection on left. Hazardous driving conditions cancel. PLEASE view this page by 5:00 PM Friday afternoon 02-08-19 for any updates.

Leaders: Duncan and Mary Jo 860 334 7503 c. -860-514-5869 c.

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Back, By Popular Demand, including the Hot Chocolate Stop!

Sunday, Mar 3, 2019, 10:00 AM.  Hike the Falls River area of Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Escoheag Hill Road,  W. Exeter, R.I. 

Hike will take in the new Pavilion Camp area, Stepstone Falls and Falls River in a 2 + hour loop. Terrain varies in pitch and trail quality, so traction devices and hiking poles are recommended.

** R.I. enforces the wearing of at least  200 square in. of Regulation Orange while hiking trails during hunting season.

Hike includes a  “Hot Chocolate Stop”.  Bring beverage water, a favorite hot beverage concentrate and cup. Leaders will provide stove.

Directions:  Meet by 9:45 AM at the Red CCC Camp Building Parking Lot, 9/10 miles on right,  up Ecsoheag Hill Road from junction with Rt. 165,  West Exeter, RI,.   Site is just before Old Voluntown Road intersection on left. Hazardous driving conditions cancels. PLEASE check this page by 5:00 PM Sat, Mar 2, for updates.

Leaders: Duncan and Mary Jo 860 334 7503 c. -860-514-5869 c.

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NEW Notice!  Due to prediction for snow and high winds for Sat. Mar 23, this hike has been re-scheduled for Sat. Mar 30, 2019 at 10:0 AM.

 Hike The George B. Parker Woodland Wildlife Audubon Refuge, 1670 Maple Valley Rd,  Coventry, R.I.

Though somewhat distant, this preserve has hilly woodland trails, exploring  historic grounds and colonial period roads and viewpoints, noteworthy geologic formations, all accessed  by an interconnected trail system, of which, we will hike 3-4 miles, making this hike distinctly varied and worthwhile. Meet at 1670 Maple Valley Rd just east of the intersection with R.I. Rt 102  in Coventry, R.I. by 9:45 am for a 10:00 am departure. Dogs are not allowed on Audubon Society RI sites.  Hiking poles and traction are recommended for this hike.  Bring snacks and water. Heavy rain or snow and/or hazardous driving conditions cancels  PLEASE consult this page by 5;00 pm Friday, Mar 29 for any and all changes to this hike.

Consult https://asri.org for more information and downloadable trail map

Leaders: Duncan and Mary Jo 860 334 7503 c. -860-514-5869 c.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019, “Get Out Into Spring Hike”, Goodwin State Forest Conservation Center, 23 Potter Rd, Hampton, CT 06247

This hike is open to Friends of Goodwin State Forest, Pequot Cyclists and the general public for a  2 – 3 hour hike taking in Brown Hill Loop, and Governor’s Island along well-marked woods roads, pathways and trails over moderate to hilly terrain, covering the East side of Pine Acres Pond.

Early Spring conditions in Windham Co. may require layered outdoor clothing that can be adjusted for warmer conditions.  Bring gaiters, hiking poles and traction devices (micro spikes),  should snow or ice and mud conditions prevail.  Bring cup, water, a favorite hot beverage mix (tea, chocolate, instant coffee (for heating on leader-supplied stove) and optional snacks for a stop at the Governor’s Island overlook.  This outing is not open to dogs.

Plan is to celebrate this winter hiking season at The Vanilla Bean, corner of Rt. 97 and Rts 44/169 in Pomfret immediately following.

Meet at 9:45 AM at Goodwin State Forest Headquarters, 23  Potter Rd. parking lot, on right, just past the center, off Rt. 6, Hampton, CT 06247 for 10:00 AM start.

Leaders:  Mary Jo and Duncan Bailey  brtibailey@gmail.com.
Trail Maps at: https://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/education/goodwin/goodwintrailsmap.pdf

***Note: Check: Pequot Cyclist.com/Hiking/ Winter Activities/Hike Schedule by                5:00 PM,Friday, Apr 5 for any and all updates  to this outing.

Directions from the South:

Come to Norwich via any accessible route and enter Interstate 395 North. 

Take Exit 18, “Norwich, Occum, Hanover, Versailles” and turn left at the end of exit ramp, onto CT. Rt. 97 – Taftville-Occum Rd. / Baltic Rd.

Travel to the second stop sign at center of Baltic.  Continue right on Rt. 97, toward Scotland, across the Shetucket River, 5-6 miles to the stop sign at Scotland center. 

Continue right on Rt. 97/Rt. 14, toward Winchester – Canterbury, to the top of the first hill and turn left onto Rt. 97 – Pudding Hill Rd. for 5-6 miles to a stop sign at Rt. 6.

Turn left onto Rt. 6 and travel about 2 miles and turn right onto Potter Rd. at hanging DEEP  CT sign, and turn right into the Goodwin State Forest HQs first, or second parking lot, where we will meet.

 

****NOTE: If you would like to offer a new or previously-run outing during this hiking season,  please text or call Duncan at 860 334 7503.